Week 30: Settling in on Koh Tao

March 29, 2009 - Filed under Scuba Diving, Underwater Photography, Weekly Report

This week we got settled into our new apartment. It was a lot harder to find a monthly rental than we expected, especially one with internet. Most places that had internet didn’t do monthly rentals, and the few places we found that did do monthly rentals, didn’t have internet. We did however manage to find a place. It’s not perfect but so far we’re quite comfortable here.

It’s a one bedroom apartment, a couple blocks off the main strip of town, on Koh Tao. It’s right on the beach and we have a little balcony overlooking the water as well as a great rooftop patio, both of which make up for the fact that our kitchen only has a microwave. Luckily the food in Thailand is great, and most of it is quite cheap, so while we love to cook, we probably wont be doing much of it over the next month or so. Unless anyone’s got some great microwave recipes.



rooftop patio

Since we don’t have a kitchen we’ve been eating out a lot, and have had a few really great meals. Although we’re situated in town, rather than on Sairee Beach (the main beach full of bars, resorts, & restaurants) there are still quite a few good places to eat, and the walk to Sairee actually isn’t too far. The other night we wandered down that way and found a great till beach bar to have a few sundowners at.

Maya Beach Bar - Koh Tao

We were hoping to get in a dive trip out to Sail Rock this week, but unfortunately it got canceled due to not enough people, so instead we made do with a couple of local dives. They were both much better than the two we did last week, but we’re still kinda shopping around for a company that fits us a little better.


The problem with Koh Tao is that it’s one of the cheapest places in the world to learn to dive, therefore, it’s overrun with newbies. Most of the companies here are focused on courses and get very few fun divers, especially experienced ones, so we usually get stuck with inexperienced divers, which can often make for a frustrating dive. We were hoping to find a smaller shop, one that was less focused on courses and more on fun divers, but they seem to be very few and far between, not to mention the fact that the smaller shops don’t have enough divers to warrant trips out to some of the further/better dive sites. It’s kind of a catch-22, big schools have too many people for our liking, but go to the good dive sites, and the small shops have less people, but don’t go to the good dive sites. For now we’ll just have to continue diving and hopefully we’ll eventually find something that works for us.


Blue Spotted Stingray

Posted by: Shim

4 Comments so far

  1. ryan May 29, 2009 5:00 pm

    I am going to stay in Koh Tao in July for a couple months and would like to find a place that has internet also. Do you mind me asking what the name of the place was and how much a month is was?

  2. Shim May 30, 2009 7:26 am

    Hi Ryan, I just updated our links & reviews page for the Thailand portion of our trip, so you can get the websites there if you like. We initially stayed in the Silver Sands resort for a week or so, which was nice… but hotel prices.

    After that we moved from Sairee beach to Mae Haad, the main town/ferry terminal area. We stayed at Utopia Suites and it was around $1000 for the month. Unfortunately their internet crapped out days after we moved there and wasn’t fixed for the remainder of our stay. We did have an internet cafe across the road so we hijacked their WiFi… but it was slow and unreliable. Not ideal, but we made it work.

    It was actually quite a challenge to find decent working WiFi on Koh Tao in a long term place. And near impossible to find a place that also had a full kitchen. You might want to check out http://www.kohtaostudios.com. They’re up the big hill from Sairee beach and were booked up when we were there, but looked like the best local option for longterm with a kitchen & WiFi.

    Another option may be to get a cheap place right by the ferry terminal in Mae Haad. There’s 2 or 3 restaurants that have free Wifi right in that area that you may be able to latch onto. Anyway, I hope that helps. Have a great trip!

  3. teowa September 14, 2011 6:31 pm

    hi i am looking for monthly rental in koh tao, loved the look of the apartment you were staying. where is it and who can we contact for more details please.


  4. Kelly October 27, 2011 8:05 pm

    It’s called Utopia Suites. There is a link on our links page, but it doesn’t seem to be active anymore. Sorry.

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